Posts Tagged ‘access to care’

Childhood Obesity Treatment Programs: A Few to Serve Many

February 7, 2017 — Approximately five million children and adolescents in the U.S. now suffer with severe obesity, and the prevalence is continuing to grow. To the best of our knowledge, fewer than 50 comprehensive childhood obesity treatment programs exist in the U.S. That’s one program for every 100,000 kids with severe obesity. Click the image on the left for a list […]

Growing Gaps in Pediatric Obesity Care

February 7, 2017 — As the prevalence of severe childhood obesity continues to grow, the gap in resources and guidelines for pediatric obesity care is reaching a crisis. In Clinical Obesity this month, Timothy Nissen and colleagues published an analysis of the evidence for current pediatric obesity guidelines. They found existing guidelines are out of date. The evidence supporting them is […]

Three Catchphrases for Gently Dismissing People with Obesity

February 1, 2017 — Solving a problem is tough when you’ve been dismissed. And routinely, in conversations about obesity, we hear the people with obesity dismissed. Here are three popular catchphrases for gently dismissing people with obesity. 1. We can’t treat our way out of the obesity epidemic. The false choice between treatment and prevention surfaces again and again. The […]

The Perception Gap in Obesity Care

January 12, 2017 — When does a benefit not feel like a benefit? In the case of obesity care, that feeling comes with the perception that it’s just out of reach. Even though insurance coverage for obesity care is improving, a significant gap remains. And part of the problem is a perception gap. A new study published in Obesity […]

Advocating for the Cause of Respect and Care

January 9, 2017 — With nearly two dozen of the brightest people in obesity care and advocacy, we just spent the weekend sorting out opportunities that lie ahead for the Obesity Action Coalition. OAC Chair Amber Huett-Garcia summarized what motivates her to commit her energies to this cause for respect and care: The OAC gets better every year. The […]

Ten Expectations for 2017 in Obesity, Food, and Health

January 1, 2017 — The new year brings new expectations. Sure, we always have new diet, nutrition, and weight loss fashions. But, in thinking about obesity and health, we can also expect some more substantive changes. Here’s our top ten for 2017. 1. More “Less Added Sugar.” Already, the pressure to avoid sugar was on. Now, new labeling for added sugar will dial […]

Top Ten in Healthcare Spending: Little for Obesity Care

December 29, 2016 — You can look at healthcare spending in two different ways. One way is to ask, “What are we buying?” The alternative is to ask, “What are we paying for?”  A new study published this week in JAMA shows that we’re buying very little obesity care, but paying a lot for untreated obesity. Of the top ten conditions […]

Six Ways to End Weight Bias

December 13, 2016 — Obesity is a harsh chronic disease made worse by even harsher weight bias against people who have it. Parents, teachers, and peers make life miserable for kids growing up with obesity. Employers discriminate in hiring, pay, and promotion. Health plans and providers limit access to care that’s needed to overcome the disease. Policymakers throw money […]

Health Plans Neglecting Children with Obesity

December 7, 2016 — A pair of new publications today in Obesity addresses medical care for children with obesity, leaving us both encouraged and profoundly discouraged. Encouragement comes from the fact that smart people from many different disciplines are finally coming together to solve a serious problem that destroys the lives of millions of children, starting at an early […]

Ten Top Highlights of ObesityWeek 2016

November 5, 2016 — ObesityWeek in New Orleans was a feast of new information and perspectives for people who devote their careers to understanding and solving the challenge of obesity. The highlights were many and different for every attendee. Here are ten for your consideration. Sadaf Farooqi delivered a keynote address that mixed good humor with serious science about […]